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December 3, 2018

Airport Travelers Become Artists with Holiday Mural Painting Pop-Ups

HMSHost invites airport travelers to paint their layovers away with local artists

HMSHost’s Art of Holiday Travel pop-ups bring interactive mural painting to select U.S. airports  

BETHESDA, Md. (December 3, 2018) – Holidays at the airport: Delays, long lines, security, and…interactive mural paintings? This holiday travel season, global restaurateur HMSHost invites travelers to be a part of a masterpiece in the airport. HMSHost’s Art of Holiday Travel – A Mural Painting Pop-Up Series commissioned local artists to sketch murals and invites travelers to join in on the fun and help paint the works of art inside select U.S. airports.

“Our focus is on enhancing the travel guest experience while connecting with the local community, and the Art of Holiday Travel does just that. Studies show creative activity, regardless of artistic talent, lessens stress,” said HMSHost Vice President of Marketing and Communications Atousa Ghoreichi. “With the craziness holiday travel can bring, our interactive mural painting pop-ups will be a unique airport experience.” 

Each large-scale mural is different based on designs by local artists that reflect a regionally inspired theme of holiday travel. At each airport, the artist will kick-off painting, but then travelers take control of the paint brushes to let their inner artist take flight and add their own artistic touches to the mural, illustrating what holiday travel means to them. The artists will be on-hand to guide and offer tips to travelers as they paint. Once completed, the murals will then be donated to local community partners focused on supporting youth in need.

As part of the Art of Holiday Travel pop-up events, travelers can enjoy complimentary holiday drinks and sweet treats as they paint inside the terminal. Travelers that paint will also enjoy holiday-themed giveaways, as well as discounts at HMSHost restaurants to add extra cheer and delight to their travel experience.

The mural painting pop-ups are set to take place at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport December 15, Miami International Airport December 4, and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport December 13. Not at one of the participating airports? Share with HMSHost where you’re traveling this holiday season on social media using #ArtofHolidayTravel.  ​

HMSHost Leading the Industry
HMSHost is recognized by the industry as the top provider of travel dining with awards such as 2018 Best Overall Food & Beverage Operator (for the eleventh consecutive year) by Airport Revenue News. USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards recognized HMSHost’s Summer House Santa Monica at Chicago O’Hare International Airport as Best Airport Bar / Restaurant Atmosphere. HMSHost is a leader in sustainability practices which include plans to eliminate conventional plastic straw use by 2020. The company also creates original award-winning events like Airport Restaurant Month, Channel Your Inner Chef live culinary contest, and the Adrian Awards Gold winning campaigns, #HMSHostLove and Eat Well. Travel Further.

About HMSHost
Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 120 airports around the globe and at more than 100 travel plazas in North America. The company has annual sales of nearly $3.3 billion and employs more than 41,000 associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. With sales of €4.6 billion in 2017, the group operates in 31 countries and employs over 58,000 people. It manages approximately 4,000 stores in about 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit HMSHost.com for more information and connect with HMSHost on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.   

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